Resupply for Russians in Kherson reliant on two pontoon crossings – British intelligence

Russian invaders managed to carry out only superficial repairs to the Antonivka (Antonivskyi) Bridge, which was damaged by Ukrainian forces, but this still does not allow them to ensure ground resupply for the troops.

The UK Ministry of Defense said this in its latest intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.

“In recent days, Russia has only succeeded in making superficial repairs to the damaged Antonivsky road bridge which likely remains structurally undermined,” the report says.

It is noted that the two main road bridges leading to the Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Kherson region “are now probably out of use for the purposes of substantial military resupply”.

“Since late July 2022, Russia has been using a pontoon ferry near the railway bridge as its main military resupply route. Even if Russia manages to make significant repairs to the bridges, they will remain a key vulnerability. Ground resupply for the several thousand Russian troops on the west bank is almost certainly reliant on just two pontoon ferry crossing points,” the report says.

As reported by Ukrinform, after Ukraine’s Armed Forces launched another strike on the Antonivka Bridge, Russian military personnel began to take their families out of Kherson.


  1. Relying on pontoon bridges to supply tens of thousands of “men” and transporting fuel and ammo is a very tough job. Will those floating bridges suffice? Never! This is difficult enough on a regular river. But, the Dnepro is not a regular one. At Kherson, it’s about one kilometer wide … more than a thousand yards! Pontoon bridges are also much easier to destroy than one made of concrete and steel.

    Yes, the Ukrainian forces gave the cockroaches lots of headaches by killing their bridges!

    • Their pontoon bridge attempts didn’t work out too well, (they floated away). Article says they are using two pontoon ferries so they rope across. Target would challenging, but could get close enough to make them have to look for new underwear. I was going to say fill their pants with ruskie mir but I wasn’t quite sure I understand what the term means. 😎

  2. Theoreticly Russia could brigde the Diniper, they have trained for up to 1.5 km. the trouble is Ukraine has a real penchant for blowing them up. So they are stuck with trying to supply +20k troops with only a few ferrys. the good news for Russia is that the ferrys are hard targets and can be replaced quickly. the bas news is there is no chance in hell they can keep a mechanized army moble and well supplied by a couple of boats.
    Ukraine has created the world’s largest Gulag.

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